Scuba Diving Specialty Courses at Aquatic Adventures in Northern Virginia
As we discussed in previous postings the entry level Scuba Certification is the Open Water Course. Everyone regardless of what certification agency they are certified by start with this course. The Advanced Open Water Course is the one that immediately follows in terms of skill development. Once you have completed these two courses what else is available?
Wreck Diver & Enriched Air Nitrox – Most Popular Specialty Scuba Certification Courses in Washington DC area
There are several options available to divers in regard to Continuing Scuba Education Courses. Most people will select the course that they want to take according to what interests them. For years the most popular of all of the Specialty Courses offered by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors or PADI has been the PADI Wreck Diver Course. The east coast of the United States is literally littered with ship wrecks. These make wonderful diving destinations. The ships become part of the artificial reef programs and provide habitat for countless numbers of fish and fish species.
In recent years the PADI Enriched Air – Nitrox course has become the most popular. Enriched air is air that has more then the normal 21% oxygen in it. By using this when diving the scuba diver will have longer allowable bottom times thus getting more time to explore the wreck or reef that they are diving on. When diving with enriched air the diver also has to have scuba diving equipment that is compatible with the enriched air that he is breathing. The most common pieces of equipment that need to be suited for enriched air diving is the scuba regulator, the enriched air compatible diving computer, and the oxygen cleaned scuba cylinder.
Since everyone today has a camera it is only natural to want to take photographs underwater. Consequently, Underwater Photography and specifically PADI Underwater Digital Photography are very popular specialty dive courses. Needless to say an underwater camera is a must when taking this specialty course.
Night Diver & Underwater Navigation – Useful Scuba Specialty Dive Courses
One of the most exciting specialty dive courses is the Night Diver Specialty Course. In this course the diver learns how to plan and execute a scuba dive at night. Since many fish (such as lobster, moray eels, squirrel fish, etc) are nocturnal diving at night is the best way to encounter these exciting critters. Underwater Navigation is one of the most useful scuba dive specialty courses. This course teaches the diver how to navigate underwater using both an underwater compass and by natural navigation. Needless to say, being able to find your way underwater is a very useful scuba diving skill.
Deep Diver – Wreck Diver – Underwater Hunting & Collecting on one of our Dive Center Trips
At Aquatic Adventures we have a very complete Scuba Dive Travel Program. Our summer trips to Morehead City, N.C. are great places to conduct the PADI Deep Diver, PADI Wreck Diver or the Hunting & Collecting Specialty. We also offer trips throughout the year to varies dive destinations in the Caribbean, Pacific and Central America. These more exotic trips are great places to complete the PADI Aware Fish Identification Specialty Course, Underwater Photography, PADI Night Diver or the Drift Diver Specialty Course.
PADI Master Scuba Diver at Aquatic Adventures in Alexandria Northern Virginia
One of the marks of a true scuba diver is their love of scuba diving and their desire to learn different types of diving. At Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy we not only offer all of the Scuba Specialty Dive Courses we just discussed, but we also promote the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification. If a scuba diver completes the PADI Rescue Diver Course and any 5 PADI Specialty Courses and logs over 50 dives he/she can be awarded the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification, which shows that the diver has experience in several types of diving and has also logged a number of dives denoting an experience level. This is a non professional scuba rating but one that is a point of pride to many divers.
Regardless of you area of interest if you are an avid Scuba Diver there is a Specialty dive course just perfect for you!